Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013
It’s hard to lose someone you love and no matter how the loss happens, it’s still devastating. I lost my mom a few years ago and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I constantly questioned why someone so kind, so full of life and so young, was taken away so suddenly. I haven’t gotten the answer to my questions so far and I’ve accepted the fact that I probably never will. But, rather than focus on why my mom was taken, I decided to refocus on the beautiful memories of her and the times we shared together.
One of my favorite memories is taking her to Disneyland for the first time in her life. My youngest daughter had a dance competition and so we decided to make a family trip out of it. My mom had never been on a roller coaster before and she was so excited, she decided to ride on the first one we came across. Well, the first ride we came across was one of the biggest and fastest roller coasters in the entire park! My mom screamed from the time the ride started until she took her seat belt off. Afterwards she laughed herself to tears as she recounted the entire incident. After that, she got on just about every ride in the park. I have to say, that was the most fun I’ve ever had at Disneyland!
There are so many loving and fond memories of my mother. Like her love for music and riding in the car with her. No matter what song came on my mom would dance to it. Just about any genre and any beat. That’s how my mom was, easy going and fun. She never held a grudge, never looked back and constantly put other people’s needs first and her own needs last. That’s quite a legacy to leave behind, isn’t it?
My mom is no longer here with me physically, but I feel her presence each day and each day, each day I try a little bit harder to carry her legacy forward. I love you, mom.